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D.A.F .: A product of German-American friendship (180g) on ​​LP

D.A.F .: A product of German-American friendship (180g)

A product of German-American friendship (180g)
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The German-American Friendship (DAF), which later achieved world fame as a duo, performed pioneering work with their debut work: Rober Görl, Wolfgang Spelmans, Kurt Dahlke (Pyrolator) and Michael Kemner created what is probably the world's first noise rock album in 1979. Radical, brutal, instrumental. First published in 1979 on Warning Records (later Ata Tak). Of course, real DAF connoisseurs know about the early phase of the Düsseldorf-Wuppertal band. But most fans of the later world-famous duo should flap their ears when confronted with their debut album: no powerful synth basses, no jagged rhythms, no Gabi Delgado, no leather. Instead: purely instrumental, unstructured noise rock, played by long-haired and mustached people! A band can hardly go through a more blatant metamorphosis. Gabi Delgado joined the band (which at the time consisted of Robert Görl, Kurt Dahlke / Pyrolator, Wolfgang Spelmans, Michael Kemner) before she parted with her old name YOU and called herself German-American Friendship. And he was still there when the first recordings were made in Studio 56 in Mühlheim. But they were not satisfied with the result (“too hit”, so the judgment of the band) and also “did not agree” with Delgado's vocals and his lyrics (according to Pyrolator, who was responsible for the electronics at the time) whereupon Delgado left the band. And since the creative urge was great ("we really wanted to make a record. Everyone else in Düsseldorf already had an album out, Male, lunch break, just not us") and the singer was missing now, it just had to be an instrumental album. After the disaster in the studio, the decision was made to make the recordings themselves. And so a tape machine and two microphones were set up in Wolfgang Spelmans ’living room and improvised for ten days as long as they could. Then it was ready, the “product of German-American friendship”: 22 tracks, between 19 seconds and three minutes long. The influence of their role models Can can be clearly heard. In view of the fact that other well-known noise rock bands such as Chrome, Flipper or even Sonic Youth only recorded comparable music later, the “product of German-American friendship” has to be seen as a musical pioneering work. It is probably the first noise rock album in the world. Was the world already ready for such a brutal and nihilistic sound at the end of the 70s? In any case, it wasn't the world of record companies back then, because DAF couldn't find a label. And so it came about that DAF not only pioneered noise music, but also pioneered DIY. Help came from the Kreissparkasse: Pyrolator loaned his car for a loan of 3,000 marks. A logical step, as he was already running a cassette label called Warning Records (which shortly afterwards became Ata Tak). The "Product of German-American Friendship" was the label's first LP and was given catalog number WR 001 / LP / 1979. The record then sold so well that Pyrolator was able to quickly repay the loan. (bureau-b. com)

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The debut effort by German-American Friendship was a feat of musical pioneering. Later to find global fame as a duo, DAF’s 1979 line-up of Robert Görl, Wolfgang Spelmans, Kurt Dahlke (Pyrolator) and Michael Kemner created what was quite possibly the world’s first noise-rock album. Radical, brutish, instrumental.
Originally released in 1979 on Warning Records (later Ata Tak)

True DAF connoisseurs will, of course, be aware of the early phase of the Düsseldorf-Wuppertal combo. But most fans of the subsequently worldfamous duo may well be taken aback when confronted with their debut album: forceful synth bass sounds, snappy rhythms, Gabi Delgado and leather all conspicuously absent. In their place, pure instrumental, unstructured noise-rock, played by long-haired and moustachioed types! A band can barely have undergone a more extreme metamorphosis.

Gabi Delgado joined the band (hitherto comprising Robert Görl, Kurt Dahlke / Pyrolator, Wolfgang Spelmans and Michael Kemner), before the band discarded the name of YOU and christened themselves German-American friendship. And he was also on board for the first recording sessions at Studio 56 in Mühlheim. Disappointed with the results (“too close to Schlager”, the band thought) and “less than happy” with Delgado’s vocals and lyrics (as Pyrolator, responsible for electronics, noted), the group dispensed with Delgado’s services. Yet the creative will was undiminished: “We really wanted to make a record. All the Düsseldorf bands — Male, lunch break — already had an album out, everyone except us ”and with the singer now gone, an instrumental album was the only option. In the wake of the studio debacle, the decision was taken to take the recording into their own hands. A tape machine and two microphones were set up in Wolfgang Spelmans ’living room and ten days of unbounded improvisation ensued. And thus it was completed, “Product of German-American Friendship”: 22 tracks, ranging from 19 seconds to three minutes in length. The influence of Can is clearly audible. Considering the fact that other prominent noise-rock bands such as Chrome, Flipper or even Sonic Youth recorded similar music at a much later date, this “product of German-American friendship” should certainly be recognized as a pioneering work. Possibly even the first noise-rock album the world had seen or heard.

Was the world ready for such brutal, nihilistic sounds in the late 1970s? The world of record companies was not. Unable to find a label, DAF proved to be not only pioneers of noise, but also pioneers of DIY. They found help from the local bank, with Pyrolator putting up his car for credit amounting to 3000 Marks. A logical step, as he was already running a cassette label called Warning Records (later becoming Ata Tak). “Product of German-American Friendship” was the first LP on the label and was given the catalog number WR 01 / LP / 1979. Sales were so good that Pyrolator was able to pay back his loan nice and quickly. (bureau-b. com)

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"Coarsely knitted fabric for punk rock historians: when DAF was still a noise rock combo." (Musikexpress, September 2012)
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